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Fortuna Ranking of MBA Rankings 2014 – European Business Schools

Nov. 12th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

We have compiled the results of the major media MBA rankings of the last 12 months to produce the Fortuna Ranking of MBA Rankings 2014. How do the top business schools in Europe perform when you combine these results?  LBS continues to dominate, with INSEAD close behind for the third year in a row. In […]

When to Submit an Optional Essay

Nov. 11th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

When working in admissions departments at top MBA programs, some of the questions that we were asked each year were whether a candidate should write an optional essay, and what kinds of topics should be addressed in the optional essay space. In the last few years, as many MBA programs have reduced the number of […]

Common Mistakes to Avoid in your B-school Applications

Oct. 29th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Whether you’re just getting started with your MBA applications, or are adding the final touches before the upcoming deadlines, we’d like you to be aware of some common mistakes that many applicants make when applying to b-schools. It’s easy to get so wrapped up with what you want to communicate that you might not be […]

Top Insider Tips for Applying to HBS

Oct. 16th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Since Harvard Business School reduced its application requirement to just one essay in 2013 (which is now an optional essay), applying to HBS became a lot easier. But getting in is a whole other story. Several other top MBA programs have followed the lead of HBS by reducing their essays and it’s no surprise that […]

Demonstrating your School Interest

Oct. 14th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

One of our goals at Fortuna is to provide you with valuable insider information, from former MBA Admissions Directors, to help with your business school applications. When we were gatekeepers at our respective business schools, a common mistake we observed applicants make was failing to demonstrate their commitment to the school. Although you might consider […]

Will top MBA programs ever have classes that are 50% women?

Oct. 1st, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Matt Symonds published an online article on this topic for Bloomberg Businessweek on August 29, 2014. For a link to the complete article, click here.  New MBA students starting at Harvard Business School this fall will find more women in their ranks than ever before.  With women representing 41% of the HBS class of 2016, […]

Our Insider Tips on Applying to Ten Top Schools – NYU Stern

Sep. 18th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village in downtown New York City, New York University’s Stern School of Business (Stern) is situated in between the Financial District and Midtown Manhattan. A short subway ride away to many major companies in NYC, Stern is proud of its downtown location and reputation for smart, down-to-earth students. Visitors […]

Our Insider Top Tips on Applying to Ten Top Schools – Columbia

Sep. 16th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Attending business school in New York City is a unique experience and those attracted to the fast pace of a global city should consider Columbia Business School (CBS). The symbiotic relationship between Columbia and the business world is a major program benefit, and the school notes that more business leaders visit Columbia’s campus than any […]

Getting Into London Business School – Insider Tips For LBS

Sep. 12th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

This week we’re focusing on insider tips for another top-ranked European business school – London Business School (LBS). It’s hard to believe that until the mid 1980s, middle management from the Commonwealth had a free ride for their business education at LBS. It seems it was mostly French and U.S. students who bore the total […]

Our Insider Top Tips on Applying to Ten Top Schools – Wharton

Sep. 10th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

With additional b-school Round 1 deadlines just a few short weeks away, Wharton is next up on our list for insider tips to share. As one of the oldest business schools in the world, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business is regularly ranked in the top five, this year it ties for #1 […]

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